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Margaret Daphne Scott, British writer. Recipient Poetry award Borestone Mountain Literature Foundation, 1975, 77, Women of Grace Leven Prize, 2000. Member Association for Study of Australian Literature (board directors, state representative 1979-1984), Tasmanian Writers' Union.

Background

Scott, Margaret Daphne was born on June 20, 1934 in Bristol, England. Arrived in Australia, 1960. Daughter of Edward Charles and Alice May (Farr) Russell.

Education

Bachelor with honors, University Cambridge, England, 1956. Master of Arts, University Cambridge, England, 1965. Doctor of Philosophy, University Tasmania, Australia, 1978.

Career

Two more children, Kate and Marcus, were born in Tasmania. She worked at the university for over 25 years, but left to devote herself full-time to her writing career. Her publications include four books of poetry, two novels, a libretto and numerous articles.

She became well known in Australia in the 1990s as a regular guest on the television show Good News Week. She was also known for her activism on environmental issues and human rights. In 1995, a portrait of Margaret Scott by painter Geoffrey Dyer was a finalist in the Archibald Prize.

The prize is awarded for a painting, "preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, Science or Politics." She died of emphysema.

Achievements

  • In 2005, she was selected for the inaugural Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women and received the Australia Council Writers Emeritus Award.

Works

Membership

Member Association for Study of Australian Literature (board directors, state representative 1979-1984), Tasmanian Writers' Union.

Connections

Married Michael George Boddy, June 1956 (divorced). Children: Daniel George, Catherine Elizabeth, Marcus Charles. Married Michael Francis C. Scott (deceased 1984).

1 child, Sarah Russell.

father:
Edward Charles Russell

mother:
Alice May (Farr) Russell

spouses:
Michael George Boddy

Michael Francis C. Scott

children:
Daniel George Scott

Catherine Elizabeth Scott

Marcus Charles Scott

Sarah Russell Scott